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IV Royal Police Ordinances between 1612 and 1718: Making of New Law

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During the second research period of 1612-1718, the four compilations of police ordinances included 943 ordinances regulating a total of 1013 police matters. The royal police ordinances of the second research period were legitimated to a large extent by the same arguments as the sixteenth-century ordinances. Political arguments such as 'the benefit of the realm and its inhabitants' and 'common good' were still used as reasons for issuing royal ordinances. The concept of 'police' was still used to denote the abstract order in society. The concept also received a more specific meaning since it appeared in the 1672 ordinance on town administration in Stockholm where it indicated an independent field of town administration including matters concerning blasphemy, luxury, drunkenness and gambling, begging and poor relief, fire safety, church and schools, statutory guardianship, the town archives, and the night watch.

Keywords: royal police ordinances; Stockholm; town administration



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